Hangzhou, the host city of 2016 G20 Summit, is less about the towering skyscrapers with modern atmosphere, but more about its scenic landscapes, historical sites and Chinese tea that make up the highlights of the typical southern city. Never miss the chance to travel with our private day tour which affords the best of Hangzhou including a leisure cruise on the picturesque West Lake, a Buddhist art exploration at Lingyin Temple as well as an in-depth tea cultural experience at verdant Meijiawu tea plantation.
After the morning pick-up at the hotel lobby, you will embark on a terrific Hangzhou tour to absorb its elegant beauty by visiting West Lake first. Vast in area, abundant in cultural heritages and varied in natural beauties, it enjoys the fame as Heaven on Earth. What's more, great poet Su Shi of Song Dynasty (960-1279) compared West Lake to Xi Shi- the most beautiful woman in ancient China who appeared charming with either light or heavy make-up. Soak up fantastic sceneries of the tranquil lake, shadowy hills, lush woodlands and archaic pagoda as you stroll along the tree-lined walkways, cross the Broken Bridge and take delight in a leisure boat cruise.
Then near to West Lake there sits a holy Buddhist temple named Lingyin Temple erected in 326 AD. Upon arrival, you are welcomed by the dense clusters of over 300 vivid Buddhist stone statues engraved out of limestone along the Feilai Peak that makes you immersed in the charm of Buddhist art. Listen to your guide telling about the stories lying behind the Temple as you walk to Lingyin temple where the Hall of 500 Arhats and the largest wooden Buddhist statue of Shakyamuni sitting in the height of 24.8 meters (81.4-feet) inside the Grand Hall of the Great Sage will amaze you a lot with its imposing scale and scared atmosphere.
Lunch will be left on your own for more flexibility and your guide will offer nice recommendations based on your tastes and preferences.
Apart from enchanting sceneries, Hangzhou is also known as the origin of the finest Dragon Well tea. And for Chinese, tea has already deeply rooted in their life, so Meijiawu tea plantation is scheduled for you to experience Chinese tea culture. You will be enchanted by the verdant tea terraces and idyllic sceneries surrounding you as you are taken to the tea world by the national tea specialist. How to identify varieties of tea, pick tea leaves, stir-fry tea and brew tea will be what you are going to challenge today. Afterwards, enjoy a local tea banquet to get deep insight of how to gracefully taste the green tea in the traditional Chinese way.
Your elegant explorations in Hangzhou conclude here over a cup of fragrant tea and then you will be transferred back to your hotel for a rest.